Protest prevents Sek Loso concert

Around 500 anti-government protesters gathered in Phuket’s Muang district and forced the cancellation of a concert by Sek Loso on Sunday night because of the artist’s support for the Feb 2 election and "impolite" comments he made on his Facebook page.

Sek Loso, or Seksan Sukpimai, had scheduled a concert at the provincial annual Red Cross fair on Sunday night, the final day of the fair.

Pawinee Inthusut, president of the Phuket Red Cross, and other officials went to negotiate with the protesters, but in an hour of talks they made no progress and the demonstrators began blowing whistles and yelling at them.

Finally, they cancelled the concert to the disappointment of waiting young fans, as the protesters cheered.

Sek Loso did not appear but he posted on his Facebook that the Phuket governor had sought his cooperation to postpone the concert. He had come to Phuket with good intentions and hoped the concert could  be rescheduled for a later date.

According to Thai Post newspaper, the earlier Facebook post by Sek Loso that triggered the protest said that in past elections artists would be asked to join the campaign, to draw people to the polls.

“Today, I posted that I will go to the election, you scolded me. What happened to you, are you even conscious? Is it possible for someone to think differently? Do you know that you are mad? Are you Thai? I want to kick your neck.” 

The form of address he used in Thai when making the comments was impolite.

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Discussion 1 : 07/01/2014 at 03:01 AM
With the libel laws and all, Thailand was never too big on freedom of speech. At least general political speech was more or less OK... up to this point. It's odd, usually political movements (even fringe ones) try to seem at least somewhat attractive and present an optimistic vision _before_ they take power... but this bunch can't even manage that much. Won't get better once they grab the reins.
Discussion 2 : 06/01/2014 at 03:50 PM
Freedom of speach, alive and well in Thailand !!!. First freedom of speach goes, then democracy followed by civil rights. The downward spiral if some have their way has started.
Discussion 3 : 06/01/2014 at 03:25 PM
The hi-so's don't like Loso?
Discussion 4 : 06/01/2014 at 02:00 PM
Christmas has no relevance to Thai's anyway, few are Christian it's just an extra period taken on by businesses with young people hoping to have a holiday & gifts.
Discussion 5 : 06/01/2014 at 01:34 PM
The incident that caused the deaths of the 2 Burmese was a fight between two local gangs and nothing to do with the anti government protesters so don't try to sensationalize this into more than what it is.
Discussion 6 : 06/01/2014 at 01:32 PM
This artist is self confessed former drug addict who has campaigned for the PTP and when he received some messages from his supporters disgruntled at this he posted abusive messages back. Then he tries to perform a concert in the same place that he abused the people.
Discussion 7 : 06/01/2014 at 01:16 PM
This is the same 'artist' who argued in support of his methamphetamine abuse. This type of music panders to uneducated and unthinking masses and now he aligns with this party to the surprise of no one I suppose.
Discussion 8 : 06/01/2014 at 01:05 PM
It's a personal choice to boycott an election however to use intimidation and threats to force others to obey your preferences is barbaric and disgusting. It is a great disgrace to Thailand that as the world watches on, law abiding citizens are openly and repeatedly having their rights trampled by fanatical thugs who believe that they have the right to enforce their narrow minded will on others. The thugs must be so proud of themselves because they succeeded in intimidating a bunch of kids out of enjoying a concert last night. It's a small preview of what is to come if Suthep and co succeed in forming the dictatorship they want so badly.
Discussion 9 : 06/01/2014 at 12:39 PM
OMG this is a funny headline, we cant even go to a concert now, arrrg whats next? Christmass will be banned in Thailand because Santa Clause has a Red Shirt on?
Discussion 10 : 06/01/2014 at 12:38 PM
I don't know this singer but i like him, i don't know why. Protesters or "Tonton macoute" ? With their black magic yesterday in the Parliament, it begins to be out of control.
Discussion 11 : 06/01/2014 at 12:20 PM
The PDRC thought police are watching. Any contrary views will have to be shouted down. Is this the type of governance most Thai people really want?
Discussion 12 : 06/01/2014 at 12:16 PM
This shows just how much some people know about the democratic process. On the other hand maybe they know but prefer another form of government.
Discussion 13 : 06/01/2014 at 12:07 PM
Point is people support an election by taking part and most importantly want to be free to have differing opinions to that that's dictated by Suthep. The Democrats failure to contest the election is a big let down for the electorate and a major contributing factor to current unrest.
Discussion 14 : 06/01/2014 at 11:54 AM
Yes, in Sutheps/Dems southern stonghold, there is only one opinion allowed. Such is the corruption and mafia here that nobody dared speak out.... as per the last 100 50 years. Many in Bangkok who are appeasing him & sharing the aim of riding Thailand of Thaksin are going to be the next to be silenced and oppressed. Classic early stage of fascism is intollerance & suppression of free speach, then ridding country of opponants, then turning on half hearted allies. Just hope you BKK whislters realise you have no voice outside of this man!.... Feel clever now do we?
Discussion 15 : 06/01/2014 at 11:43 AM
Bangkok Post forgot to mention that 2 Burmeses were killed and two were injured during Sek Loso's concert.
Discussion 16 : 06/01/2014 at 11:42 AM
Its scary what is happening if you disagree to anything the protesters are saying they you are by default a red shirt supporter and a traitor to Thailand. Is anyone allowed to say anything bad about the things the protestors are saying and doing? It seems they want to have the right to assemble and the right to protest but they no do want other people not agreeing with them to have the same rights..But of course they are the educated ones and of course know better than the rest of us..
Discussion 17 : 06/01/2014 at 11:22 AM
I do think the protest is turn to be the fanatic and if people want to vote, they will be called the red shirt.

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